Alabama Health Department doctors are investigating the death of a cat infected with COVID-19.
The state’s Department of Health and the Department of Agriculture and Industry announced Thursday that they are investigating the case in Opelic. COVID-19 infections in animals are considered very rare and generally occur 5-10 days after contact with a sick person.
Veterinary laboratory Thompson Bishop Sparks found coronavirus in a deceased cat. Initially, the laboratory determined that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, was not the main cause of death, but experts are double-checking this version.
Earlier, CDC veterinarians found that in almost all deaths of animals associated with the coronavirus virus, the animals suffered from multiple infections or had health problems. To date, fewer than 10 animal deaths in the US have been linked to the COVID-19 pandemic.